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Randy Jones

Randy Jones is a retired professional left-handed baseball pitcher.  He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1972 and made his first appearance in June 1973.  Randy’s 1974 season was difficult as he posted only 8 wins and 22 losses.  But he turned it around big time in 1975 by winning 20 games and led the National League with a 2.24 earned run average.  The next year was his best year ever as he had 22 wins and 14 losses and won the National League Cy Young Award.  Randy was selected to play on the 1975 and 1976 All-Star Teams and made quite an impression — he recorded a save for the National League in the 1975 All-Star game and was the starting and winning pitcher in the 1976 All-Star game. Randy was traded to the New York Mets in 1980 and retired from baseball in 1983.  As a testament to Randy’s legacy in San Diego, in 1997, the Padres retired his uniform number 35, and in 1999 elected him into the Padres Hall of Fame.

After retiring from baseball, Randy coached young pitchers, including Barry Zito, who was the 2002 Cy Young Award winner when he played with the Oakland Athletics.  Randy remains involved with major league baseball by participating in pre-game and post-game radio broadcasts of Padres baseball games.

Randy is also an entrepreneur.  He owned several business in the San Diego area: Randy Jones All American Grill, Randy Jones Big Stone Lodge, and a catering business named Randy Jones Buckboard Catering.  Randy now maintains the Randy Jones bbq website, where you can purchase Randy’s own line of scrumptious barbeque sauce or book a catered event.

Randy gives back to the community. The Randy Jones Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in San Diego, CA, that seeks to provide new opportunities and resources for kids to participate in local sporting events, programs, and outdoor activities. Since San Diego has a large military population, there are a number of children who miss out on these programs because one or both parents have been deployed, stationed abroad, or have given their lives serving our country. The Randy Jones Foundation’s goal is to create more sporting events and programs, giving these kids more chances to get involved.

Randy gives back to the community.  Forty years later, Randy is at it again, giving back to San Diego like only he can do.  Through the Randy Jones Foundation, he spends time with hundreds of kids at baseball games, fishing trips and golf clinics.  Randy says that, “I’ve spent a lifetime in the game of baseball; I was given an opportunity to get involved in sports early on in my life. Not all kids are given this opportunity. The Randy Jones Foundation has been established to change that.”

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